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6 NEWS Got a news story email@example.com Friday October 5 2007 varsity.co.uk/news Bedder the devil you know » Scruby gets suspended sentence after webcam sting Tom Parry-Jones A light-fingered bedder at Sidney Sussex College was caught by students when a webcam recorded her stealing money from a student room. Cleaner Margaret Scruby, 58, was sentenced on Monday to four months in prison, suspended for 18 months, after she pleaded guilty to five charges of theft from student’s rooms, including on some occassions, small amounts of change. The worst hit student had £140 stolen, but in total Scruby was reported to have taken £146.90, which she has now been ordered to repay to the students involved. Money was taken from purses and desks in the college’s Sussex House accommodation. The presiding magistrate, Rosie Spencer, described Scruby’s actions as “a serious breach of trust”. The case has brought to light Scruby’s long history of theft and fraud. In 1991, she was convicted of stealing from her employer, and in 2000 she was jailed for three years after defrauding Sir John and Lady Walley of nearly £90,000. She began working as a cleaner for the nonagenarian couple in 1994 and forged cheques in their names for two years before she was turned in by a suspicious cashier. Scruby pleaded guilty to 25 charges of forgery and obtaining money by deception. In the Sidney Sussex case, the bedder had initially denied involvement with the thefts, which occurred in February of this year, but reportedly confessed when faced with the overwhelming evidence of the webcam footage. Scruby’s lawyer Jeremy Kendall, mitigating, said that while Scruby couldn’t explain why she stole the money, the crimes had come shortly after she was widowed. Her husband, Eric, was killed by a drink-driver. The university has a long history of putting webcams to use, though perhaps for more trivial reasons. The first webcam ever was created by students at the Cambridge- Computer Laboratory in 1991. Installed in the Trojan Room, it was pointed at the coffee pot and updated every second, so that students could check if there was refreshment available without leaving their seats. The webcam was eventually taken out of service in 2001, and the coffee machine was sold at auction to German newspaper Der Spiegel for £3,350. Varsityprofile »Vasilios Anastasiou »born delphi, greece 1961 »22 years since vasilios arrived in cambridge and got his first job at gardie’s »over 7,000 photos of patrons on his wall »3 weeks gardie’s the opera’s original run at queens’. extra shows scheduled at the union due to unanticipated success Originally from Greece, 46 year old Vas, as he is more commonly known, has owned and worked in The Gardenia for over twenty years. He studied engineering at university in Athens and worked for the Greek agricultural minister. He came to England 22 years ago to work on genetic research in Cambridge and first came to Gardie’s in order to be able to speak with staff in his own language. Before Vas took over, The Gardenia was mainly a restaurant for fellows. Some people claim it was founded in 1902, others say it was founded in 1918. Vas claims that it was originally much more expensive and only frequented by affluent students. Over the twenty years he has worked there Vas has noticed a change in the type of students who are at Cambridge. Before 2000 they were mostly privately educated but now he thinks they seem to come from a much wider range of backgrounds. The photographs that paper the wall of Gardie’s originated when a student was desperate for a kebab but didn’t have any money. The penniless student offered to leave his camera as a guarantee that he would pay the next day, but in the end decided to leave the camera as a present. The camera sat on the counter a while until one day Vas began the long standing tradition of photographing his liveliest customers. He keeps all of the photos and has collected almost 7000. Vas says that the Daily Mail offered him “a lot of money” to buy the photographs but he refused. He wants to create a mammoth exhibition of all the pictures and invite old students to come back and buy them so the money can be donated to local charities. Some years ago Varsity ran a successful campaign to save The Gardenia from being shut down and ever since then Varsity has been his favourite newspaper. On the subject of inebriated students, he says: “They are not drunk, they are young. Students have an obligation to have a good time.” Vas’ own son has just started at Kent University studying Archaeology. Vas says that it is part of his philosophy to pass on a love of life, along with his kebabs. He enjoys having philosophical chats with students upstairs in the Gardenia restaurant. His favourite subjects are the students he has met and the books he has read. He collects rare books, especially ones about philosophy, religion and alchemy. His favourite book is an untitled collection of scripts by Francis Bacon. He loves writing and plans to publish his memoirs when he has retired.
Friday October 5 2007 varsity.co.uk/news Got a news story 01223 337575 NEWS 7 Larger than life Emma Inkester A Geography professor last week became the first Cambridge University academic to give a lecture in a virtual world. Philip Gibbard, a geologist, spoke for half an hour to an anonymous cyber-audience from around the world via Second Life. Gibbard’s talk on “How Britain became an Island”, delivered straight into a computer from the comfort of Nature’s offices in London, was the third in a series organised by the scientific journal Nature. His voice was broadcast into the cyber-auditorium together with a series of Powerpoint slides to illustrate the discussion. The professor followed the lecture by answering questions put to him by those present. One retired schoolteacher who attended said, “I was really impressed by the fact that you had a Cambridge professor speaking on Second Life. I have always been looking for something to exercise my mind here. Last night made me think it had been worthwhile!” The professor himself is optimistic about the potential benefits of virtual communication. “The educational potential is enormous. The audience includes anyone who chooses to come along, not just members of the academic community.” Professor Gibbard in the flesh ...and as his online self in virtual universe Second Life St John’s In his pocket Our spy was perplexed to witness a gangly Johnian fleeing from the sweaty milieu of Club 22 with a conspicuously spreading wet patch about the middle trouser zone. The damp attack resulted not from any reckless uriniation on the part of our Johnian, (who was in fact the victim in this incident) but the doings of a most notorious and corpulent member of the rugby team, who had seen fit to thrust himself enthusiastically upon the vulnerable lad and piss in his pocket. The rotund reprobate is said to be unapologetic. Your career is no laughing matter. Jesus Condomonium An upstanding bedder was the vic- Y time of a cruel and unusual shock when she came upon a kitchen table CM lavishly scattered with withered con- MY traceptives. Believing herself to be at the crime scene of a most disgusting CY and profligate orgy, our bedder con- CMY fronted (not without timidity, now wary of the evident baccanalian ten- K dencies of the owners of said kitchen. But it emerged that the offender was not actually a depraved sex maniac, but a reputable member of the Jesuan JCR, who had been diligently rehearsing a demonstration on sexual responsibility aimed at this year’s intake of innocent freshers. C M Trinity Buck pushes luck A fit young buck of a fresher discovered a new way to get his kicks when he invited a blonde conquest back home for an evening of seduction. This particular buck, unlike his predecessors, is more often found scaling buildings than exposing himself. He had discovered a secret passage from his room. Inching along the narrow parapet, the pair dropped through an open window, to find themselves in suspiciously plush settings. Too delighted with their luck to think whose rooms these might be, they began to indulge themselves amongst the velvet cushions, before the solid oak door swung open to reveal a glowering gowned figure. Our buck and his blonde had time to scramble onto the parapet, half-naked, before the poor Don worked out what was going on. Red Gate Software is the ideal place to kick-start your career. Ranked 8th in The Sunday Times ‘Best Small Companies to Work For’, we offer small company culture with big aspirations. For your opportunity to shine contact us at www.red-gate.com or call careers on 01223 438556 Red Gate Software Ltd. St John’s Innovation Centre, Cowley Road, Cambridge CB4 0WS United Kingdom t: +44 (0)870 160 0037 ext.8556 f: +44 (0)870 063 5117 e: firstname.lastname@example.org www.red-gate.com ingeniously simple tools